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Before you do your holiday shopping this year, make sure that you buy yours kids safe toys!

With the holidays right around the corner, many parents are looking for the perfect toys for their kids. There’s nothing quite as fulfilling as seeing the joy on your child’s face when you get them the perfect gift, but unfortunatley, not all gifts made for kids are actually safe for kids. Although safety standards have made toys safer than ever before, injuries related to toys are still a big problem. That’s why our child care experts in Peekskill have come up with these tips for buying safe toys for kids:

#1.  Don’t just ignore the choking hazard label. 

The federally mandated choking hazard labels, as well as other similar safety labels, are there for a good reason. If there is a choking hazard label, it means that the toy (or some part of the toys) is, in fact, a choking hazard, which means that you should carefully watch your child when they play with the toy.

#2. Test toys using a choking tester. 

Choking testers are handy tools that help you determine if a toy could be a potential choking hazard for your toddler. If the object is small enough to fit in the tube, then a child under three years old could choke on it.

#3. Be careful when buying used toys. 

In 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was passed to keep harmful amounts of lead and other toxins out of all toys sold in the United States. Unfortunately, toys made prior to 2008 don’t have these high safety standards, so be mindful when you buying used toys for your kids.

Learn about more toy buying safety tips when you stay tuned for our day care center’s next blog.